Essential Food Groups for a Healthy Menopause

Natural HerbsMenopause is referred to as “The Change” for a reason.  Our hormones are going through multiple changes that have our bodies reacting in the most inconvenient ways.  This is a very natural response to the things that are taking place in our systems, but we don’t have to sit by idly and wait for it to be over.

Our expert contributors have written in with their advice on the essential foods we should eat during menopause and why they are important for our bodies.  Learn what you should include in your menopause diet to help manage these pesky, uncomfortable symptoms.

Beans, Greens, and Stinky Things

While your body may be reducing it’s own production of estrogen, foods rich in phytoestrogens can behave like the bodies own estrogen and can ease menopausal symptoms. Foods to add to the diet are cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, onions, garlic, garbanzo beans, peas, yams and olives. Phytoestrogens bind to estrogen receptor cells initiating change within the cell to decrease hot flashes and other annoying symptoms.

Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist, Karen Roth Nutrition

3 Essential Food Groups for a Healthy Menopause

The 3 essentials that most women are missing out on at menopause are:

1. Good fats: Yes, omega-3 fats, but these also include saturated fats from butter, dairy, meat and eggs. It’s essential for vitamins A and D, and helps with weight control.

2. Dark, leafy greens: Get some every day including kale, spinach, Swiss chard, mustard and beet greens, and dandelions.

3. Protein: Great for sustained energy, good sources are dairy, meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts and seeds.

Make sure all animal protein is organic and hormone-free – we don’t need excess estrogen from our food.

Margie King, Holistic Health and Menopause Coach, Margie King Health Coaching

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